I hope I don't offend Jeep purists here with my purchase yesterday, (or should I say order) of a silver 2007 TK Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4 door. Before I'm assailed with the negatives of this vehicle by those of you who love your CJ's etc., let me just start by saying that I have been wanting a Jeep since the CJ 5's when I was in high school in the '70's, but lack of cash, and later city living and then family obligations made it completely impractical. But with the 4 door, suddenly I could make it happen, so i did. Got the X, with manual transmission and windows to stay as "original" as possible, but some moderinities such as the limited slip rear differential and Siri satelite radio. I'm located in CT and though I won't be doing any rock crawling with it, I will be taking the family and dog out on the beaches of Long Island, NY, and hope to find some forest trails in Mass and VT to explore. I have little to no off road driving experience other than sand in a friend's CJ7 decades ago, though I'm sure this forum will help with that since I've almost forgotten all that I learned from reading Fourwheeler Magazine from 1972 to 1978 . . . .
Welcome to the forum boss. First off no one will ever doubt a man that buys a jeep because he loves them. Doesn't matter what model Wrangler/CJ it is. So congratulations on your order. However just one slight clarification. It's not a TK, it's a JK model designator.
I'm sure you will love it. How long did they tell you it would take to be delivered?
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Welcome, fellow 70's guy. Glad you finally bought your own Jeep. That is awesome. There is nothing out there that will come any where close to the capabilities of a Jeep. It is really good to understand the reasoning behind buying a four door model. I guess Jeep really does know what they are doing. Hope you enjoy this forum, as much as I have, and congratulations on buying your Jeep.
Thanks for the welcomes everyone, and the clarification on the model designation (oops) shows how much I need this forum!! As for delivery time, the dealer told me to expect delivery in six to eight weeks. I wish they had what I wanted in stock, but they only had one each of the X manual and Sahara auto and were using those for demo's only. I'll let you know how great it is (like you don't already know) and post pictures after I take delivery.
Congrats on joining the Jeep family.....as you can see we are all curious about the new model and look forward to hearing about it from an actual owner. I'm reserving any personal judgements until after I drive one....sat in the new 4 door, but I want to drive the 2 door. I might like one as my daily driver...but that's several years down the road from now (we'll see)
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Thanks everyone. I am still waiting - no word from the dealer about delivery, though I didn't really expect anything this early. When I get it, I will certainly post details of my impressions, etc, as well as seek suggestions for accessories to add such as a swing away tire carrier and rear bumper with tow hitch.
Anyway, as I have been reading this forum (and eveythng else I can find about this and Jeeping in general), I am now regretting my decision to not order the 4.10 axle ratio and tow pkg for my 4dr Unlimited X, expecially since I went with the heavier hardtop and larger 17" wheels with the 32" tires, (though I do not expect to be going larger or adding a lift). I will have the 6spd, but from everyting I have read, it seems that the 4.10 would have been a better choice even if I don't expect to be doing any slow rock crawling or much towing with it. Give it to me straight; in your opinion will my on and off road performance suffer much with the stock 3.21? Will my clutch burn out that much sooner from keeping up the revs to get over obstacles and through deep snow or sand? (In general, I will be off-road only 25% of the time).
BTW, my test drive was in a 6spd unlimited X and it accelerated as I expected a six cylinder Jeep would, but now with 20/20 hindsight, it had the smaller 16" wheels, the lighter soft top, was entirely on dry pavement and had less than a 1/4 tank of gas. Thanks for your experienced opinions.
Great, thanks, I feel much better about it now. Also, thanks for the clarification to my other post about the 4x4 question. Now I understand. I'll wait to see if I will be in situations where a locker would be helpful since I didn't get the Rubicon which has them standard, but I did get the LSD, which may be enough for my needs. Thanks again.